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John Halligan (centre):  the Independent Alliance Minister of State expressed his remorse for the comments, stressing it was a “genuine mistake” and was never meant to cause offence. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Minister of State John Halligan has insisted he will pay back the €7,500 fine imposed by the Workplace Relations Commission after he asked a civil se(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he would prefer to hold the referendum on abortion next May to maximise participation. He said however that “it is not(...)

Pope Francis on his visit to Colombia earlier this month. Varadkar expressed his wish that the pope would visit the North on his Irish visit. Photograph: Luis Eduardo Noriega/EPA

Divestment of schools from church patronage should only occur where parents want it to happen, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil. He said he e(...)

Nicola McHugh (left) claims she was fined €30 for having four biscuits in her green bin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Greyhound Recycling has denied claims made yesterday by People Before Profit that it fined a Dublin household €30 for placing a single tea bag in thei(...)

Richard Bruton: “There will be an oversight of price monitoring to ensure that there is no gouging of consumers.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

People have to change behaviour in the way they deal with household waste, Minister for Education Richard Bruton has said. “What we have at the momen(...)

Wexford TD and barrister James Browne said while judges must be experts on the law, they also needed a good temperament and an ability to weigh up individual cases.

Some of the State’s best paid lawyers would make terrible judges, Fianna Fáil Wexford TD and barrister James Browne has claimed. He said, on paper, s(...)

Mary Lou McDonald, who said the announcement  of the ending of flat-rate bin charges would result in families struggling to make ends meet being hit with new price hikes. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Nearly all private waste companies in Ireland are registered offshore so nobody will have any idea of the profits they make from the new bin charges, (...)

Orla O’Connor, director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland: “Ireland must hold a referendum to remove the Eighth Amendment . . . and introduce legislation . . . This must include the removal of all criminal sanctions on women.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The State should not make decisions about individuals’ sexual and reproductive health, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has said.(...)

Above, Minister of State at the Department of Justice, David Stanton with Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government will move as quickly as possible to introduce legislation in response to the Supreme Court ruling on asylum seekers, Minister of State (...)

 People Before Profit  TD Brid Smith. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A ruling that Oireachtas groupings should not be allowed to rotate members on the abortion committee has been objected to in the Dáil by People Before(...)

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